Remembering Clal Yisrael

By Jon Zimmerman

CLAL: the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, March 4, 1994

The author, an Orthodox Jew, responds to the tenth anniversary of the Reform Movement's decision in 1983 to accept patrilineal descent (along with a commitment to raise the child Jewish) as an acceptable basis for Jewish identity. He argues that the Reform movement has completely disregarded traditional understandings not only of descent, but of Torah, commandments and what it means to be a Jew. Reform has declared Jewish identity to be comparable to Christian identity, he argues. The author expresses hope that the Jewish people as a spiritual body will not be split.

Topic: Halakha, Continuity, Jewish Law, Policy, Change, Jewish Identity, Liberal Judaism, Jewish Continuity, Religious Denominations, Reform Judaism, Intermarriage, Jewish Identification, Unity, Identity

Name of Publication: Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas

Editor: Cardin, Nina Beth

Volume/Issue: Vol.24/no.469

Page Number(s): 6

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

Copyright Holder: Publisher

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Bibliographic Information:
Zimmerman, Jon. Remembering Clal Yisrael. Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas. CLAL: the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership. 4 March 1994: 6.


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